This series happened at a moment when I was starting to feel restrained by my own aesthetic. All my images were planned, very constructed and controlled. From the beginning, I knew how they’d turn out.
This new series is more improvised. Although they’re digital, these works feel more like painting: more emotional, smoother, uncertain—all of which fits with their subject. The series represents stolen moments of loneliness in social situations, emphasizing consumption (alcohol, cigarettes, even checking your phone) as an attempt to find comfort and relief. It speaks to how, in social situations, the subject never feels alone, is always on display, and feels the urge to look busy.
In order to further accentuate this sense of exposure, there is a physical gesture added to the print, highlighting a specific part of the character or object of consumption: the hand of the smoker coated in gel medium, fingers painted with nail polish, a phone covered in latex. This gesture also accentuates the tenuous presence of the subjects, often inspired from pictures I’ve taken during openings and other social gatherings, or even harvested from social networks.
Louisa Gagliardi (Swiss, b. 1989) is an artist who lives and works in Paris. She is currently in residency at Fondation Suisse, Paris, and working on a publication with artist Adam Cruces. A solo exhibition at Tomorrow Gallery, New York, is upcoming in 2016.
Images: Courtesy of the artist and Tomorrow Gallery, New York.